On this site I plan to explore the realm of “Gun Tinkering” which is NOT to be confused with Gunsmithing. Gunsmiths are highly trained individuals who make their living day in and day out professionally servicing firearms. Most get to this position after attending a certified Gunsmithing course of study, apprenticeship to a qualified Gunsmith, and/or service as an armorer to the police or military. They hold in their minds thousands of bits of information on gun and industrial safety rules which only years of experience can instill.

That having been said, there is no reason that some of the tips and methods that they use to tune properly functioning firearms can’t be utilized by a student/amateur enthusiast. Proper technique with tools and a basic understanding of firearm mechanics and safety are an interesting and honorable field of study. It may get to be a hobby that turns into a profession, or hedge against losing an old faithful shooter due to neglect or ignorance.

I plan on offering information that can allow the average, careful shooter to learn more about their firearms while improving their performance. And I plan to focus on jobs that can be done with hand tools and no more exotic power tools than a drill press. Anytime I can offer a tip I picked up the hard way through frustrating mistakes it will be highlighted as a sidebar. Some of the hand tools are specialized and priced as such, but over time and with modest investment a good assortment can be assembled that will make professional results achievable. Any time a reasonable found item can be substituted, I will suggest it in the text, even if I use a specialized tool in the photos. I also intend to supply users of this site with information on where to get the tools and books that are needed to enjoy this hobby.

The first two projects to be posted will be a KelTec P-11 trigger overtravel stop and polish job and a trigger tune-up on the H&R Handi-Rifle. Both of these have been published on the web before, so the concepts are not my own. However, I think there needs to be more emphasis on the fine details of the job to get the best results.

Accessories will also be covered: I love to do "nylon surgery" and modify gear to my own specifications.

With all the subjects available to choose from, I will not be showing any autofire conversions, suppressors or similar controversial information here. That is not the purpose of this site.

Also, the rules of Gun Tinkerin' are DON'T DO IT if:

  • You can't follow all firearm safety rules.
  • You won’t take it to a professional for repair if it fails a safety function test after modification.
  • You don't want to void your factory warranty.
  • You don't feel sure of your skills.
  • You can't afford to fix it professionally if you mess up.
  • It is five days until hunting season and it is your only hunting firearm.
  • You stake your life on that one firearm daily.
  • You can't follow all firearm safety rules.

Note that each instruction set is presented in downloadable PDF file pages that will print out neatly on letter size paper with a lefthand margin left open for punching holes to put in a three-ringed binder if you so choose.

So have fun, read the safety warnings and feel free to send in comments at the Contact section.

- perklo

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